Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Opinion

July 5, 2013

Mayor urges public action on State Home closure recommendation

Corsicana — Dear Citizens:

In an effort to help retain the Texas Juvenile Justice Facility in Corsicana, there are comments below that could be used to convey to the elected officials the reasons Corsicana is the best place to continue operation. Please feel free to copy and paste the text into emails or letters and send those to the list below. You may use the websites in the previous email and copy and paste the text in the standard email form found on the individual representative’s website.

Following are websites that have an option to submit an email to the officials:

The Texas Senate website:

Go to the website at www.senate.state.tx.us

Choose either the “Lt. Governor” tab or the “Senators” tab from the menu on the left side of the screen.

Then for the “Senators” choose their name from the list of Members.

Choose “Email” from the menu on the top of the screen.

At this location you may enter and submit your message.

The Texas House of Representatives website:

Go to the website at www.house.state.tx.us

Choose the “Members” tab at the top of the screen.

Choose a House Member by clicking on their picture.

Click on “Email”  (small blue box).

At this location you may enter and submit your message.

Suggested message:

“The purpose of the letter is to urge your careful consideration before voting on or approving any budget that does not include funding for operation of the Texas Juvenile Justice facility in Corsicana.  The services provided at this facility are for the benefit of the children in peril.  These children have either been led astray by bad influences or do not have the mental tools to cope with life at this time.  Any decision should be based on the programs and locations that can produce the best outcome for these young people.  Corsicana has shown for many years that the community cares about these children.  Numerous hours of volunteer time is dedicated every year to this effort.  This community has always been willing to give of ourselves and our time to make a difference.  

Navarro College has been a strong partner since 2008.  The professionals at Navarro have developed a plan to re-purpose the facility to a transitional living facility.  It is a good sound fiscally responsible plan that would save the State of Texas money.   Corsicana is the best place to offer the program.  

Consider the advantages for the children and make the right decision for them. There is a plan to save this program and give these children who have obviously had a rough start a chance at being productive citizens.  The State of Texas has an obligation to these children to give them the best chance possible at rehabilitation, not the cheapest.”

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